Judge dismisses class action suit over ‘stage light’ MacBook Pro display issue
Apple was handed a temporary reprieve this week when a federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit targeting a reported MacBook Pro display issue dating back to 2018.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila on Monday handed down a ruling that tossed plaintiffs’ claims alleging Apple was aware of a supposed defect in its MacBook Pro line dubbed by media outlets as “stage light” or “flexgate.”
In his ruling, Judge Davila concluded that the class failed to argue that the alleged fault posed a safety hazard, reports Law360. The class also did not successfully push claims that Apple knew of and concealed the alleged part failure from customers.
Users first spotted the reported problem in 2018, when a number of MacBook Pro models manufactured between 2016 and 2017 exhibited dark patches running across the bottom border of the screen. The effect, which is reminiscent of theater stage lighting, was subsequently dubbed “stage light.”
While Apple has not publicly commented on the issue, independent repair firm iFixit in its own investigation said a thin flex cable was to blame for the problem. According to iFixit, the cables that Apple used to connect the display to MacBook Pro’s display controller were defective and would deteriorate with regular use. Constant opening and closing of the laptop’s display would cause the flex cables to break down, resulting in “stage light” and, in some cases, permanent damage.
The issue impacted 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models. Apple introduced a MacBook Pro with a longer display flex cable in 2018, an apparent attempt to fix the problem.
Apple launched a repair program that covered display concerns on 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models, but similar programs for 15-inch MacBook Pros and models produced after 2016 were not introduced.
Plaintiffs allege Apple knew of the fault long before launching the repair programs, potentially costing consumers hundreds of dollars in repair costs. Judge Davila, however, found Apple was not culpable for the defect, as it presented after the company’s standard warranty period.
The class action was dismissed without prejudice, meaning plaintiffs can amend the complaint to remedy shortcomings specified by Judge Davila.
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July 20, 2021 at 05:36PM